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MeanGene
10/11/2008 10:24pm,
Hey everybody, I am, obviously, new here. Figured I would introduce myself. The screen name isn't some tough guy thing, its just been a nickname for years since it ryhmes with my real name. Well, martial arts wise I have a black belt in Shotokan, a style I recently left and I just BJJ at Tinguinha's (I hope I spelled that right...). Well, that's that for an intro, guess I'll go lurk for a bit, see what goes down around here, avoid getting flamed, you know the usual.

BJJbot
10/11/2008 10:25pm,
In spite of what some other web-sites would have you believe, we here at Bullshido.net welcome you, MeanGene, with open arms and hope that you will share with us your unique experiences and ideas on the martial arts.... so that we may then make fun of those experiences and ideas.

Libertad
10/11/2008 11:46pm,
Cool, good luck gene.
Welcome to Bullshido.

MeanGene
10/12/2008 12:21am,
One bot and one real dude. Cool. Thanks for the welcome by the way Libertad.

M.C.
10/12/2008 12:23am,
Why did you quit the Karoty and picked up the BJ?

recourse
10/12/2008 1:59am,
welcome to BS. How was the Shotokan stuff?

danniboi07
10/12/2008 2:07am,
Aw, and here I thought you were naming yourself after Bullshido's May Badass of the Month: Gene Lebell.

'sall good though. Welcome to Bullshido =D

YouTube - Gene Lebell - Bullshido.net Badass of the Month (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4se5RPASbjI)




Where'd you study Shotokan? Why'd you leave?

MeanGene
10/15/2008 1:37am,
A little late in terms of response, but here goes. I trained Shotokan at the Whittier Shotokan dojo, a place I'd been going to since I was 5. I've always hated point sparring, and more importantly, the idea that because the hit "looked" good, it deserves a point. After a bit of time I kind of stopped trying to like it, and when your 2nd degree BB test revolves around point sparring, you find yourself with not much to do.

That, and my instructor was making a point of trying to sell pressure points as combat effective. Don't get me wrong, they can kinda hurt, but the more I learned about them the less likely they seemed to be the effective edge you would need in a fight. Some need to be hit before others, with X amount of pressure at Y angle, and some people due to muscle density can't feel them etc, etc.

As for the "Why BJJ" I just wanted to grapple. I liked learning the little bits of judo that got thrown into my earlier training, but I wanted to do more ground work. That and it's sufficeintly different enough, with just the right touch of familiarity.

In short, Shotokan wasn't teaching me what I wanted to get out of a martial art, how to be able to handle myself against any opponent, big or small (I weigh in at 148 lbs., mostly muscle, but not enough to go toe to toe with some 200+ lb. beast). BJJ seems to give me that opportunity. And it's fun.

BudoMonkey
10/15/2008 7:40am,
When I did shotokan, we didn't do point sparring, ever. I didn't do point sparring in my whole life until one time recently at a tournament at my sister's school which I thought would be continious sparring. I won, and felt a little ashamed with myself.

In the shotokan tournaments when I was a kid, it was continuous sparring- point system, timed rounds, etc. It's interesting that it's done so differently elsewhere.

Anyhow, welcome dude and congrats on getting into BJJ. BJJ rocks.

MeanGene
10/16/2008 12:33am,
See, that doesn't really surprise me BudoMonkey. At least not anymore. I remember being a kid and watching the adults practice full contact sparring. That was what I wanted to do, but even they didn't seem to focus on it much, like it was just something they did for the sake of doing it, since all the "real" stuff was in point sparring. It's good to know that somewhere the art I started in is focusing on kicking ass though.

Faceblock
10/16/2008 5:45pm,
Howdy gang .....interesting site - Looks like fun.

vaquero de las nalgas
10/16/2008 6:32pm,
welcome to bullshido. please keep your hands inside the vehicle, as some of the animals bite....:new_infin